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Bernice, Jawoyn Girl

Up to 80 per cent of the Jawoyn children have chronic hearing loss caused by persistent, untreated middle‐ear infections. Anaemia and other poverty‐related conditions will mean that Aboriginal students are at least eighteen months behind in reading and writing by Grade 3By Grade 7, on average, they are five years behind.

The strugglers will drop out of school and try to make their way through life with the literacy level of six year‐olds.

Educating a young woman for an extra year can reduce the danger of infant mortality when she gives birth by between 7 and 10 per cent. Every extra year of education for a young woman can add up to four years to the life expectancy of her child

A life expectancy that is currently 20 years less than that of other Australians.....

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Taken in March 2007